I often hear people say that they are afraid of using color.
And I have to ask why? Why is using color so frightening?
1. Paint your walls
Don’t be afraid to use color on the walls. I often hear people say that are scared to use color on the walls because it will be difficult to resell.
You have to live there, so do what you want with it! You can either tone it down when you need to sell or offer an incentive to cover paint costs.
And buy samples. Lots if you have to. Paint the walls or use a drywall square from your local hardware store so you can see how the paint changes throughout the day.
I love having color on my walls. It just makes me happy. So do what makes you happy.
And if that isn’t having color on the walls, keep reading… I have some more ideas that might help you in your quest!
2. Paint your Front Door
This is one of the most complemented parts of my home. I wanted a color that would stand out but not frighten. Ha!
This Blue Mosque color I used on the Front Door stands out and totally adds a happy vibe to our front porch.
Again… buy several samples like I did. It’s worth the effort and extra expense to make the right decision.
3. Paint old Furniture
Do you feel bad about painting wood?
Stop it. If you have an old piece of furniture, painting it is the perfect way to add a pop of color to your boring room!
And if you have a small space like my foyer, you can paint it the same color as your walls like I did our once hideously ugly, 1970’s piano which is now Pear Green.
Before, I painted it, I swore the piano wouldn’t fit in the space, but once I painted it the same color as the wall, not only did I adore the once ugly piano, it receded into the background and totally fit the space!
4. Paint Old Cement Pots
Do you have some old cement planters or come across them in a yard sale?
Did you know you can paint them?
Well, you can. And these painted and glazed cement pots have stood the test of rain and snow and still look amazing!
So, paint that cement and add a pop of color to your porch!
5. Buy Old Wooden Frames and Paint them
I buy all of my frames from Thrift Store because, well… they are cheap!
But, alas, they are ugly.
So, I paint them.
If you like a neutral wall, you can paint your frame a bright color and add some fun to your room like I did with this Goodwill frame.
Cheap, easy and fun! Can’t beat that!
6. Use colorful fabric to update your furniture
Using fabric is a fun and easy way to add some color!
I used a fun modern graphic pattern to cover these once very hard chairs.
Now not only are they more comfortable, but they provide a fun pop of color for our office!
7. Recover Old Lampshades
This is an easy and thrifty way to add color to your room. Just find some old, ugly lamps, spray-paint the bases and use some fun fabric to recover the lampshade!
You don’t have to get as MOD as I did… choose any fabric that speaks to you and go to town.
I just used a circle skirt pattern and attached it with velcro. That way, you can make a new shade and change it out whenever you like!
8. Make a simple wreath with a fun pop of color
If you want to add some color to your front door, but don’t want to go crazy, you can make a simple wreath and use some bright daisies to add a pop of color!
You don’t have to use orange! See what colors your local craft store stocks and pick your favorite!
This is a fun and very easy project that will have your visitors feeling welcome before they ever step through the front door.
9. Use some removable wallpaper on your stairs
Petrified of wallpaper? Don’t be. This wallpaper from Spoonflower is removable!
Now, you’ll want to test it if you are reeeeeally concerned, but from what I can tell, it would come off well if you wanted to remove it.
And what better way to liven up some BO-ring stair risers?
The pattern selection is incredible and you can choose whatever floats your boat.
Me? I tend to like bold patterns and colors… but at this point, that doesn’t surprise you, does it?
So, there you have it!
Don’t be afraid to add some color! It’s full of life and so much fun to live surrounded by it.
Get your toes wet first, and after a while, it won’t seem so scary!
Don’t forget to pin this page so you can come back and reference it for inspiration!
May your days be filled with love and laughter and lots of color, my Bold Ones!
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